I rarely paint a full body portrait, but in this case the reference photo was so compelling that we decided it would be the best way to memorialize her.
"Her name was Star and she was 17 when she died. She was border collie terrier mix but seemed to have more of the terrier traits. I loved her so much. She was great with other dogs, cats and kids.she loved to give you her paw to shake hands. She loved to run and boy could she run. She was like a greyhound when she got going. "
I started Nicole's portrait a year ago as a sample for my portfolio and to raise awareness about the Lucky Pup Rescue group who is helping so many pups and people with adoptions here in Southern Maine and other parts of New England.
Recently Lucky Pup posted on Facebook that Nicole has been adopted...
"Nicole has been in and out of our rescue for a long period of time and she was just waiting for the right person to come along. We are grateful to our friends at White Mountain College for Pets for helping her (and us) in her journey and to her new dad for seeing the love this girl could give."
For all the fur-baby Dads!
I have 4 spots open for a custom pet painting to give for
Father's Day June 16th
~ Cut off date is My 11th ~
I just loved painting the sweet smile of this painting I did of Sophia the Bernese Mountain dog for a Christmas gift a few years back.
Sophia is just 2 yrs old. Full of energy and loves to play. She is bright and gets so excited her tail and whole butt wiggles.
She great with the 15 month old grand babies. She grabs her toy and will sit next to them while they are playing.
I painted Skippy the Beagle last spring. The commission was a gift from a Mother to give to her son. Growing up with beagles myself, they hold a special place in my heart and I was thrilled to have Skippy on my easel.
"We got Skippy in Oct 2002 ( he was already 2) and he passed in Nov 2017 so he lived a long time.
Skippy would ride with him in his truck.
He loved the painting thanks again it was a perfect gift."
A Mothers Day commission from last year of Leo. This is an 8x10 oil painting.
"Leo is my parents 15 yr old cat. My daughter Abbey gave him to them the Christmas after my daughter Amber died. She had been staying with them while she was in college.
They were distraught and Abbey thought he would help. They are now in their 80s and that cat is still keeping them smiling. He is a Dickens! We all love Leo! There may not be a more spoiled cat on the planet!"
A recent commission of Izzy with his little red boots, 8x10 oil painting.
description from Izzy's Mom....
He is about 7-8 years old and is a long haired dachshund mix. My son found him wandering the streets in Little Rock Arkansas about 2 1/2 years ago and he has been with me since...I am a travel nurse so he accompanies me on my assignments and is my constant companion.
He is laid back and friendly and has never met a stranger..he loves children and long legged dogs !!!
He loves to walk and eat !!
A recent commission of sweet Lucy Ann, gone but never forgotten.
About Lucy Ann....
"I would love to have a painting done of one of our pets that has just passed away at the end of January. It’s been difficult she was only 7. She ended up with kidney disease. She was a Border Collie mix. We rescued her from Texas along with a toy poodle. Lucy was 30lbs. Black and white. One ear would always be up. She was so smart! I can say that because I have had several pets in my life. She was the leader. So my other two still look for her. She loved to protect you and keep everything scheduled etc. Especially bedtime. Loved to chew a milk bone etc. Just very special. Of course I am crying now telling you about her. She will be missed for a long time! "
My passion for helping people preserve the love and beauty of their pets is my purpose as an artist. I feel that my paintings can have a healing impact on the inevitable process of moving through grieving the event of saying goodbye to our pets when they transition from the physical world as we know it. Because we are an analytical species we have actually done scientific studies on this subject as noted in this article on the Washington Post. What has been discovered is that the effect on our psychology as humans having to go through such a transition is the same emotions as having to say good bye when a person we love transitions from the physical world. In a nut shell, it is intense, the emotion that is. Within my own experience of saying good bye to my beloved black lab Clinton I discovered my purpose as a painter.
For the past several years I have developed a love and a true passion for helping people. I consider what I do a service to them and it is always an honor to be asked to help them with their very own, one of a kind, pet painting.
If you would like to see samples of my work please link to the Pet Painting Gallery here on my website. Price and Size are listed as well on my How to Order page.
I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity in this lifetime to share and connect with all of you through art and pets. If you would like to contact me with any questions or thoughts please use my contact page here on my website.
Honey is a sweet treat, but if you haven't heard honey bees are in crisis, which makes this a bittersweet situation! Honey bees pollinate about 80% of the crops that humans depend on for a third of our diet. the value of the bee-pollinated crops in the US is about $15 BILION annually, nearly 100 times the value of all the honey produced. If that doesn't get your attention then check out more from our own White House and the current National Strategy for Pollinators
As an artist and a gardener I have decided to take action through the use of the language of art. My passion is oil painting. Recently inspired by the book The Bees by Laline Paull I decided to create a blank note card based on a painting I did of the maine character Flora. I am pledging to donate 100% of my profits from these cards to support honey bee and sustainable pollination research. My Flora note cards will be available for purchase directly through me at shows that I attend. To find out where my next shows will be click the Events and Contests page here on my website. They are also available through my website storefront, click here to view Flora Note Cards